Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2014
Contact: Ann Dufresne - 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - July 22, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for June were up in nineteen labor market areas; down in two areas; and one area remained unchanged according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year, unemployment rates were down in all the labor market areas.

The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for June was 5.6 percent, up 0.4 of a percentage point from May. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.8 percent from the June 2013 rate of 7.4 percent.

During June, nine of the twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains.  The largest job gains were in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Barnstable, Framingham, Worcester, and Peabody areas. Jobs were unchanged in the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford area while the New Bedford and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas lost jobs over the month. Since June 2013, eleven of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Worcester, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, New Bedford, Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, Springfield and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner area lost jobs.

The seasonally adjusted statewide June unemployment rate, released on July 17th, was 5.5 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.6 percent over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 3,700 job gain in June and an over the year gain of 48,900 jobs.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts, and for every other state, are based on several different statistical methodologies specified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

NOTES: The preliminary July 2014 and revised June 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on August 14, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on August 19, 2014. Detailed labor market information is available at See the 2014 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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